Shannon, I was raised in rural Virginia. Visited West Virginia often. My mother was involved minorly in the country music industry in that area, particularly with WWVA and musicians in Wheeling. Your anthem to your home state is beautifully sad, acknowledging the best and worst of those mighty hills.

If you don’t already know his work, check out Michael Ramsburg, another child of Appalachia, who writes passionately about that area.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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